Director: Troy Miller
Writer/Star: Brian Regan
I like Brian Regan’s comedy. He’s been popular long enough that my appreciation could allow some to categorize me as ‘lame.’ What’s up with that trend in comedian popularity? As soon as a comic hits a certain realm of popularity, he becomes unfunny to many people. Brian Regan’s Comedy Central stand-up special “The Epitome of Hyperbole” might explain that phenomenon to some degree. It just isn’t as good as he is.
“Epitome” is Regan’s second Comedy Central hour-long special. I haven’t seen his first. I have enjoyed his clean comedy for several years, however. The material presented in “Epitome” is not his best. It doesn’t seem as fresh as some of his earlier material.
Regan gained his popularity by presenting himself as a moron with anecdotes centering a great deal on his childhood schooling and other stupid behavior that seems to follow us all into adulthood. In this comedy special, he really reaches for the moronic persona. In fact, there really aren’t a whole lot of jokes for the time span. He makes a lot of faces and dances around like an idiot as much as he actually delivers set ups and punch lines.